one child at a time - Child Advocacy Center of Mobile


one child at a time - Child Advocacy Center of Mobile
Heart Lines
Volume 11, Issue 2
Helping To Change The World
one child at a time
Spring/Summer 2013
Mobile Police Department Child Abuse Detail
The Mobile Police Officers assigned to the Child Advocacy Center through the Youth
Services Unit of MPD include: Sergeant Matt James, Corporal Jack Bishop, Det. Jackie
Bridgeforth, Det. Chris Mitchell, and Det. Jeff Corley. Lt. Alfred Davis is the supervisor of
the Youth Services Unit. Sergeant Matt James, who leads this detail, has been with MPD
for 10 years. These officers are dedicated to protecting our children and seeking justice
to keep them safe by investigating all felony child abuse cases and child sexual abuse cases
within the Mobile jurisdiction. MPD has had highly trained investigators assigned to the
center since its opening in 1988.The detectives conduct joint interviews with DHR case
workers assigned to the CAC, with children and family members, when allegations have
been made. Interviews are conducted with possible witnesses of crimes against children.
Dt. Jackie Bridgeforth, Dt. Jeff Corley,
Detectives respond to crime scenes 24 hours a day, seven days a week to interview child
Dt. Chris Mitchell, Corporal Jack Bishop,
victims and their perpetrators. Assistant DA Nicki Patterson works closely with this unit on
and Sergeant Matt James (sitting)
all city cases. This Mobile Police Department Unit is an integral part of the Case Review
Team, which consists of professionals from eight different agencies. The team is responsible for ensuring the credibility of each case.
They are responsible for collecting evidence to present in court and to testify about cases. The goals of these officers are to assist
in the prosecution of perpetrators of these horrendous crimes and to protect victims from further abuse. The Child Advocacy
Center appreciates the officers of the MPD Unit for their commitment and passion and is proud to have them as members of our
dedicated team.
Mugshots Grill and Bar Mobile Soft Opening
Sam Montgomery Ain’t Life Grand Investments, Director
of Performance, Development & Culture, Ain’t Life Grand
Investments Clint Walker, Director of Training, Chris McDonald, Ain’t Life Grand Investments President and Mugshots Grill and Bar Founder and Grill Cook, George Herring,
franchisee owner of the Mobile, Al. location, Erinne
Herring, wife of owner George Herring, Chris Banchero,
Ain’t Life grand Vice President, and Elaine Henderson, CAC
Development Director
Mugshots Grill and Bar soft
opening event at their new Mobile
location at 6255 Airport Blvd. was
held Friday, June 28 through Sunday,
June 30. During the soft opening,
lunch and dinner shifts served guests
who paid $5.00 per person, This
included an appetizer, entrée, soup,
salad, beverages, and/or desserts.
Reservations were required for this
3 day event. The goal of this 3 day
event to benefit the Child Advocacy
Center of Mobile is $10,000.
Dt. Jeff Corley, Dt. Chris Mitchell, Sergeant Matt James,
MPD, and Corporal Terri Hall, MCSO.
In Memoriam: John Franklin Shriner, M.D. by Patrick F. Guyton
The Child Advocacy Center recently lost a long-time friend and dedicated colleague with the
passing of Dr. John F. Shriner, M.D., FAAP. For almost 17 years, from 1992 to 2009, John served
as our Medical Director, conducting forensic medical exams in cases involving allegations of sexual
abuse of children in this community. In my over 25 years of working here, I have never known a
more dedicated and passionate advocate for children, whose primary and first concern in every
case was always the safety and welfare of the child and, secondarily, bringing to justice those who
harmed them.
John Shriner, born in 1923, was a member of the “greatest generation”, having grown up during
the Great Depression of the 1930’s and then serving in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific theatre during
World War II. He graduated from the Tulane University School of Medicine in 1950 and completed
his pediatric residency there in 1953. For the next 36 years he practiced as a pediatrician here in
Mobile, first in private practice, then in a joint practice, and finally in group practice for 23 years at the Children’s Medical Group—a total career
in which he served over 500,000 children. But like so many of his generation, his moral gyroscope was focused on serving others and his
community. In 1973 he was hired as a Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics, among the first faculty members hired by Dr. Fred Whiddon at
the new University of South Alabama College of Medicine, a post Dr. Shriner held for 38 years.
Thus, in May, 1992, three years after officially retiring from medical practice in 1989, John came to work for the CAC to be our first Medical
Director. After receiving specialized training in several internships in child sexual abuse forensic medical exams, he conducted a clinic for us
two days per week at the USA Pediatric Outpatient Clinic. And each Thursday he attended the CAC’s Case Review Team meetings where he
presented the findings in the cases he had seen recently. On a frequent basis he testified in Circuit Court in criminal cases where so often it was
his crucial testimony that helped convict child molesters.
In addition to many professional pediatric groups, he was a member of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children and a
founder of the Alabama Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. He was a major presenter at dozens of national, regional, state and local
child abuse conferences and trainings.
But those of us who worked here with him, at any time during his l7 years of service to the Child Advocacy Center, knew John as a trusted
colleague and much more as a dear friend. Each week, twice a week after his clinic, he would visit the CAC and go up and down the halls
checking on staff, stopping to share a story from his life experiences or inquire about a family member or comment on a troubling case the team
here was working on. His wonderful sense of humor and twinkling eyes with his infectious smile always made our day after a visit from him.
Our community, the many children John saw and helped heal over his five decades of medical service, and especially those of us who counted
him as our colleague, are all better off from having had him as an advocate and a friend. Requiescat in pace.
Child Abuse Awareness Month
A news conference was held at the CAC to celebrate April as Child Abuse Awareness Month.
Pat Guyton also announced an awareness campaign to educate the general public on the mission
of the Child Advocacy Center. Lamar Outdoor Advertising in an effort to promote the services
which the CAC provides designed and
displayed billboards around the city.
Ms. Paula Loper discussed plans for the
Child Personal Safety Curriculum, a joint
effort with the Mobile County Public
Schools. Pinwheels surrounded the
grounds around the CAC to symbolize
child victims who came to the center for
services last year.
Troy Tatum, Lamar Outdoor Advertising Pat Guyton,
CAC, and CAC staff
To Report Child Abuse - call 479-4616
Cheers to Children
Café 615 will host a benefit for the Child Advocacy
Center on Monday, July 22nd from 6:00 p.m.-8:30
p.m at Café 615. Sponsors include: Adams Plumbing
& Drain, Moore Law Firm, Norton Lilly International,
Sirius Technical Services, Williams Financial Group,
Wendell Quimby, and 99.9 Lite Mix Radio. The event
will feature samplings of Café 615 signature dishes and
wines to taste, along with a select live and silent auction. Music will be provided by the Bonus Brothers. Ticket cost is $35 each
and are available at Café 615 and the CAC for $35 each. Call 432-1101 for details.
Palmer’s Toyota Superstore & Scion & Airport Hyundai Sale-A-Thon
• JULY 1st through 22nd
Keith Palmer, Vice President of the CAC Board of Directors announced dates
for this year’s Sale-A-Thon to benefit the CAC. This will be the 19th Annual Sales
Promotion to benefit the Child Advocacy Center. Dates for the promotion are
July 1st through July 22nd. Keith Palmer is pleased to announce that this event
will include the fast growing Palmer’s Airport Hyundai, as well as the Palmer’s Toyota
Superstore and Scion. $100 will be donated to the CAC for each new or used car sold
at Palmer’s dealerships during this time. This is a great opportunity for those planning to
purchase a car to help of you to help the Child Advocacy Center to raise much needed
funds. We appreciate the generosity Keith Palmer and the staff at both dealerships.
Special Thanks &Appreciation
Lyon Newell Charity Throws Meet
The 11th Annual Lyon Newell Charity Throws Meet was held at
UMS-Wright Preparatory School on Wednesday, March 20. 21 teams
participated in the event which raised over $7,000 for the CAC. This
unique sporting event for discus, javelin, and shot put competition
is held each year in memory of Lyon Newell, an outstanding athlete
and state record holder in the discus and shot put. The Orthopaedic
Group and Hellas Construction were this year’s Gold Medal Sponsors.
U-J Chevrolet was the Silver Medal Sponsor and Regions Bank was the
Bronze Sponsor We appreciate everyone who worked so hard to make
this event a success.
UMS-Wright Track Coach Pat Galle, Don Urquhart and his son Bud, U-J Chevrolet, Hetty Newell,
Jane Potts, Pat Guyton, CAC
Special Thanks &Appreciation
Serve it up With Love Charity Tennis Tournament
Michelob Ultra was the Presenting Sponsor of 8th ladies and men Serve It Up With Love Charity Tennis Tournament.
BugMaster, Hancock Bank and Horizon Freight System were the Love Sponsors for this year’s event. Ladies played on April 11th
and men played on April 13th at the Copeland-Cox Tennis Center. 268 men and women participated; raised nearly $69,000 net
proceeds. Greater Mobile Urgent Care and AOC provided Medical coverage for both days. Peggy Williams chaired the event.
All players enjoyed breakfast by Fresh Market, coffee by Carpe Diem, and lunch was provided by Wintzell’s Oyster House, drinks
were furnished by Budweiser-Busch Distributing, Kentwood Water and Coca Cola. Blue Bell Ice Cream served special treat for
ladies. Wimbledon sponsors were: Austal U.S.A. and McConnell Buick GMC. Wal-Mart was the Grand Slam Sponsor. Lamar
Outdoor Advertising donated 5 colorful billboards around town to help promote the event. Calagaz Digital & Offset Printing
provided all print materials free of charge and donated mailing services. Mobile Bay Monthly
designed and donated a half page ad in the March issue. Photographer, Mike Kittrell and
David Ketchum donated their talent for 2 days to take photos. The In-kind sponsor values
added up to a whopping $20,000!
We appreciate our French Open Sponsors: Army Aviation Federal Credit Union, Beard
Equipment, Citrin, Rihner, & Gupta Cardiology, Cunningham Bounds, G & K Services, The
Propeller Club, Port of Mobile and Ruth Rye..
Many thanks to Scott & Lorraine Novak who donated their time to orchestrate this wonderful
event. .A special thanks to everyone who participated. The committee, called the “Dream
Team” did an outstanding job coordinating this fun event.
If you would like to serve on this committee or become
a sponsor for 2014 please call Elaine Henderson at 4321101and continue to check our website for updates and
photos, Dogwood Productions is donating the hosting
of this donated
by Dogwood Productions and find us on FaceBook
donated by Hummingbird Ideas. Check out www. for photos.
Serve it up With Love Appreciation Reception
This is the first year the CAC has been able to have a sponsor & committee appreciation reception. Budweiser Busch Distributing
Co., Presenting Event Sponsor, provided the venue at their corporate office. They also provided beverages and food was donated
by Jimmy John’s in Legacy Village, Roly Poly on Dauphin St., and Zaxby’s on Springhill Ave. Many sponsors and committee
members enjoyed the evening.
Kyle Oliver, Chris Fuchs, Becca Helton of Budweiser Busch
were thanked by Pat Guyton, CAC
Eddie McConnell, CAC Board Member and Wimbledon
sponsor, Terry Ankerson, CAC Board President
Alexis Atkins, Budweiser and Bonnie Fuchs
tennis committee member
Serve it Up With Love Al Fuchs Memorial Greater Mobile Junior Championship
The 2013 Al Fuchs Memorial Greater Mobile Junior
Championship was held Saturday, April 13 at the
Copeland Cox Tennis Center. 102 juniors from ages 8
to 18 participated in the fifth anniversary of this U.S.T.A.
sanctioned tournament. Breakfast was furnished by
Fresh Market and lunch was provided by Wintzell’s
Oyster House. Cold Snap South donated cold treats.
If you would like to help with the 2014 tournament
or become a sponsor please contact Elaine Henderson [email protected]
org and check our web site, hosted compliments of
Dogwood Productions and find us on Face Book.
Ruth’s Chris 11th Anniversary Jazzy Lunch
Ruth’s Chris Steak House hosted
the 11th Annual Ruth’s Chris Jazzy
Lunch for the CAC on Sunday, April
14, raising a record of over $73,000 to
help child abuse victims. This brings the
total of the past 11 years to $624,000. CAC Board President Terry Ankerson served as
Chair of this unique event. Walsh Arendall, Beth Taupeka, and Jay Watkins, CAC Board
Members served as Co-Chairs. Other committee members included: Judy Campbell,
David Cooper, Jr. Fred Cushing, Andrew Freeman, Arvid Gaston, Tricia Graham,
Hayley Hill, Liz Helmsing, Kristi Johnsen, Mike Lee, Danielle Ludlow, Kimi Oaks, Toni
Alabama Power Company, a Platinum Sponsor
Myers, Phyllis Saxon, and Lane Weavil. A sold out crowd of 238 people enjoyed the
wonderful afternoon. The Excelsior Band provided jazz music while guests dined on
culinary delicacies created by Chef George Panayiotou, Director of Culinary Operations for Cooper Restaurants and his talented staff.
We appreciate everyone who contributed to making this event a great success, including Signature/Presenting Sponsor, Regions Bank,
Patron Sponsor, David Cooper Sr., and Major Sponsors: Adams and Reese LLC, Mrs. Arlene Mitchell, The Joseph Treadwell Charitable
Foundation, The SSI Group, and Mr. and Mrs. W. Davis Pilot Jr., along with the many other generous sponsors. We also thank the hard
working staff of Ruth’s Chris Steak House for their commitment and dedication, volunteering their time on this day. We appreciate the
generosity of the Cooper family of Cooper Restaurants who donated their beautiful restaurant for this event.
Adams and Reese, LLC, a Major Sponsor
Mr. and Mrs. W. Davis Pilot, a Major Sponsor
The SSI Group, a Major Sponsor
Regions Bank Signature/Presenting sponsor Employees
Maynard, Cooper, & Gale, PC, A Gold sponsor
International Shipbuilding, A Gold sponsor
Phillips Preparatory School
Phillips Prep School’s Eighth Grade Class
presented a check for $2,800 to the CAC
at their Honors Program on Thursday,
May 21st.The gift is part of the Honoring
the Communities Project sponsored by
the Gulf Coast Center for Holocaust and
Human Rights Education. Language Arts
teacher Linda Goodson used their study of
Holocaust-related literature to help students
discover the importance of speaking out
against and working to end injustice. The
project honors the memory of the 1.5
million Jewish children and teenagers
murdered during the Holocaust. To honor
Phillips Prep School Leadership Team
these young victims, the eighth graders
chose again to support the CAC. During the
year the students volunteered at the center, cleaning and organizing donated items. They raised money through several fundraisers,
including jewelry and doughnut sales, and a talent show, as well as personal contributions. This year’s gift brings the total to nearly
$30,000 that Phillips Prep School eighth graders have raised for the Child Advocacy Center during the past fifteen years as part of their
annual Holocaust Service Project. We appreciate these young people learning to volunteer and give back to their community to help
children who have been abused.
The Mobile Realtors Community Relations Easter Basket Donation
The Mobile Association of Realtors Community Relations
Committee’s project was to collect Easter Baskets to benefit the
Child Advocacy Center. The members chipped in together and
were able to gather 200 beautiful baskets filled with goodies for all
ages, from tots to teens. The Chairman of this year’s committee
is Erica Elia, Managing Broker for Roberts Brothers.
Left to right: Back row: Alex Powers, Jimmie Bryant, Nikki Formwalt of Lifelines Counseling
Center, Natalie Moore, MCSO Detective Launduke Bagsby, Bob Histing
Front row: Erica Elia, Chairman, Ann Eastburn, Barbara Wells
Kappa Delta Pi Donation
Members of Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society at Springhill College
collected items from the CAC wish list and brought them to the CAC
with Dr. Leona Rowan.
Delta Kappa PI members, Pat Guyton, CAC, Dr. Leona Rowan, Springhill College
Recently some present supporters of the CAC fund raising efforts
attended a luncheon to get an update on the work of the CAC, receive
thanks for their past efforts, and were presented with details on why
their on-going and continued help is needed in the future.
Attending were left to right:
Austin Key (BugMaster), Johnny Gwin (Hummingbird Ideas), Robbie Baker
( Hancock Bank), Jane Potts ( Mobile Bay Monthly), Hetty Newell, Jean
and Representative Victor Gaston, Pat Guyton (CAC), Joe Calagaz (Calagaz
Digital Printing), and Dennis Brown, (Volunteer).
Several CAC staff members attended multi-disciplinary
training at the National Symposium in Huntsville,
Alabama. Those who participated talked about the
insights and highlights of their learning experience,
along with new ideas and new programs which may
help them in their work at the CAC.
Angela Jackson, LaWana Kennedy, Brent Vance, LFCC,
Sergeant David Phillips, MCSO, Sergeant Matt James MPD,
and Nicki Patterson, DA’s office
The CAC hosted a Lunch and Learn for all staff housed at the
center and their supervisors. Speakers were representatives from
the law enforcement agencies that assign staff here (MPD, MCSO,
and PPD) who were invited to speak on “What Law Enforcement
Needs from the Other Team members at the CAC To Make Our
Work Effective.”
Sergeant David Phillips, MCSO and Sergeant Matt James, MPD
The Child Advocacy Center, Inc.
1351 Springhill Ave.
Mobile, AL 36604
P 251.432.1101 F 251.432.0330
Permit No. 435
Mobile, AL
The Child Advocacy Center
Board Members
2012 - 2013
Terry Ankerson, President
Keith Palmer, Vice President
Lane Weavil, Secretary
Tom Barclay, Treasurer
Walsh Lott Arendall
Judy Campbell
Sheriff Sam Cochran
David Cooper Jr.
Dr. Fred Cushing
Andrew Freeman
Arvid Gaston
Tricia Graham
Liz Helmsing
Becca Helton
Kristi Johnsen
Bradford Ladd
Mike Lee Sr.
Jimmy Lyons
Eddie McConnell
Toni Myers
Dr. Richard Noblet
Kimi Oaks
Phyllis Saxon
Beth Taupeka
Jay Watkins
Elbert Wingfield
Ex Officio Commissioner Mercia Ludgood
Ex Officio Michael T. Williams
Wish List
Parenting Tips
Target & WalMart gift cards for
school supplies
Art supplies for group activities
& therapy
Tooth brushes and tooth paste
School supplies to
have for August
Children’s books for all ages
The next time pressure builds to where you feel like lashing out at your child—
Take a deep breath, and another, and another. Remember that you are the
adult. Imagine how you would feel if someone said or did what you feel like
saying or doing to your child. Put your child in a time-out chair-One minute for
each year of the child’s age. If someone can watch the child, go outside for a
walk, or go to the bedroom, close the door and lie down until you and your
child cool off.
Adapted from the Kansas Children’s Service League Parent Helpline
Heart Lines is published 3 times a year - October, February and June by the Child Advoacy Center, Inc.
1351 Springhill Ave, Mobile, AL 36604
Phone: 251.432.1101 Fax: 251.432.0330 Web:

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